[discuss] discuss Digest, Vol 32, Issue 6

Yes, I disagree! :-)

If you do not allow choice, and insist on M$ only, then
(a) you are promoting ignorance, much in the vein of banned books, etc.
by banning non-MS
(b) you are perpetuating the use of unethical, unaccountable policies, etc.
(c) if you maintain M$ OS, but allow FLOSS apps, then there is no
reason to change,
Many will not know there is a difference, and you are allowing FLOSS work to be
exploited by M$, etc. I personally do not want any of my work used freely by
M$. Free OSs may use it freely (in both senses of the word), but I expect
compensation to run my software on M$, from M$. If they are book bann...I mean
software banning free(dom) alternatives.
M$ computers using FLOSS software should be compensating FLOSS developers
who add (MUCH! :-)) value to their (buggy, unreliable, junk) OS. :-)

> >
> > Can we find out which school boards have this policy?
>
> Remember, this was a "Linux" fest, so you want to interpret this in
> the context of operating systems and not software in general. I know
> of no school board anywhere that has a policy of a single vendor for all
> software, but many have a policy of a single operating system.
>
> I know there is disagreement in this forum, but operating systems are
> the wrong place to focus any discussion. We should spend more time
> talking about FLOSS applications and less about operating systems as
> operating systems are (and will always be) the last change people make.
> If you start your conversation with operating systems you have
> essentially declared your conversation as ended at the beginning, and
> what you are saying ignored.
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> Message: 5
> Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 19:49:18 -0400
> From: Scott Lamberton
> Subject: Re: [discuss] Re: MS dictating education in schools!
> To: CLUE general discussion list
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> Russell McOrmond wrote:
>
> > Monty wrote:
> >
> >> Source:http://www.linux.com/feature/119847
> >> (Ontario LinuxFest article)
> >>
> >> Can we find out which school boards have this policy?
> >
> >
> > Remember, this was a "Linux" fest, so you want to interpret this in
> > the context of operating systems and not software in general. I know
> > of no school board anywhere that has a policy of a single vendor for
> > all software, but many have a policy of a single operating system.
> >
> > I know there is disagreement in this forum, but operating systems
> > are the wrong place to focus any discussion. We should spend more
> > time talking about FLOSS applications and less about operating systems
> > as operating systems are (and will always be) the last change people
> > make. If you start your conversation with operating systems you have
> > essentially declared your conversation as ended at the beginning, and
> > what you are saying ignored.
> >
> On a different note I need a Linux guru for assistance with a high
> school project in Bowmanville--essentially set up a small LAN and
> install Linux on several "donated" computers.
>
> The problem is similar but different.
>
> The school has an excess of 20Gig IBM P3s. The new hardware supplier
> for the school board won't maintain the computers because they are not
> "xyz" brand (you can guess ;-). A classroom of behaviourally challenged
> students (i.e. students who don't fit into the regular program) are
> without computers because (a) they are not directly students of the
> school board (they are a social services program) and (b) don't have the
> budget for their class for computers or software. They do have as many
> of the above "discarded" computers as they want.
>
> If I can find someone to assist with this project I am promised as much
> media attention as possible i.e. how Linux and Open Source came to the
> rescue ;-)
>
> Anyone know of someone that could assist with this in the Durham area.
> I may be able to scare up $ for out-of-pocket.
>
> thanks,
>
> scott
>
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